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02/01/23 – Wrestling Postseason Updates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA wanted to update member schools about Wrestling postseason dates and sites.

REGION WRESTLING:

  • Region Wrestling Tournaments can be held Feb. 10-11.
  • The following reflects hosts/sites for the upcoming events:
Region Host School/Site Date(s) 1 Christian County HS Feb. 11 2 Hart County HS Feb. 10-11 3 Doss HS Feb. 11 4 Waggener HS Feb. 11 5 Walton-Verona HS Feb. 11 6 Great Crossing HS Feb. 11 7 Madison Southern HS / at Berea College Feb. 11 8 Paintsville HS / at Martin County HS Feb. 11

STATE TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND:

  • Qualifiers from Regions 1-4 will advance to the First Round event held at Atherton HS, while qualifiers from Regions […]

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1/31/23 – Region Diving Update

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Due to today’s weather, the regional diving events schedules have been adjusted. After confirming with competing schools, Region 7 (boys and girls), Region 2 (girls), and Region 4 (boys) will still compete tonight, January 31, at the University of Louisville. The originally scheduled warm-up time remains from 4:30 – 5:30 PM. The diving competition will begin at 5:30 PM. 

These changes also affect the second day of regional diving. Region 2 (boys), Region 4 (girls), and Region 5 (boys and girls) will be moved to February 1. Warm-up times for those regions will also be from 4:30-5:30 PM with the competition beginning at 5:30 PM. There are currently no changes to the girls’ portion of the meet on the morning of February 1 or to the boys’ portion originally scheduled for Regions 1, 3, 6, 8, 9 on that evening.

Scheduling changes have been updated and can be found here: https://khsaa.org/2023-swimming-and-diving-sites-hosts-and-dates/

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01/23/23 – Spring Sports Postseason Dates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As you plan for spring events in 2023, we would like to remind schools about the postseason dates for spring sports. Please make sure all parties involved in planning graduation dates, spring activities, etc. are aware of the postseason dates which should help fans, coaches and administrators avoid scheduling conflicts.

TRACK & FIELD

  • First Date of Practice: December 1
  • First Allowable Contest Date: January 9
  • Region Meets: May 12 – May 25
    • As regions begin preparation, please remember that all scheduling is led by the regional host, but discussions and planning should include all schools involved. 
  • The KHSAA State Track & Field Meet will return to the University of Kentucky on June 1-3, 2023.
    • Class 1A will compete on June 1, followed by Class 2A on June 2, and Class 3A on June 3.

TENNIS

  • First Date of Practice: February 13
  • First Allowable Contest Date: March […]

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01/18/23 – Spring Esports Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Esports is available through the KHSAA School Log-in Page. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

Below is additional information:

  • January 18 to March 9 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • March 10 to March 24 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • March 25 to April 8 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period. After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

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1/11/23 – First Phase (T-35 Report) Open For Title IX Reporting Entry FOR 2022-2023

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The initial phase of entry for the 2022-2023 Title IX Reports, the ability to enter the financial information from 2021-2022 to be entered on the 2022-2023 form T-35, is available and online at schools.khsaa.org. 

T35 EMPHASIS POINTS

There has been a continual effort to eliminate inconsistent information that has been entered on that form, and the following points are emphasized:

  • Entry for the T-35 is now open. Login to https://schools.khsaa.org.
  • Click on the Title IX/Participation List Entry tab and begin entry when you are ready.
  • The T-35 requires you to enter 2021-2022 expense information, as it has been audited within your school and district.
  • Your previous Annual Reports can be quickly reviewed in the KHSAA School Subdomain (the login page) by clicking on the tab labeled Past Title IX Annual Reports, in case you want to review past submissions.
  • The T-35 is to be entered with all KHSAA sanctioned championship sport and sport-activities […]

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01/04/22 – Basketball Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Boy/Girl Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

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The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year among boys’ and girls’ basketball participants for 2022-2023 is now open. 

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-2023 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2023. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2022-2023 Midway University/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Boy/Girl Student-Athlete of the Year in the […]

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12/27/22 – Wrestling Nominations Sought For Male And Female Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete Of The Year

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The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among wrestling participants for 2022-2023 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-2023 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2023. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2022-2023 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in […]

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12/18/22 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 2022-2023

2022-2023 News Releases

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2022-2023 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through February 13, 2023. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. The minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and being a member of […]

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11/29/22 – Esports Winter Championship Update & Spring Calendar

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Teams participating in esports should mark their calendar for Friday, Dec. 16th, as the semifinals and finals in each state-sanctioned offering will be contested that day at the UKFCU Esports Lounge at The Cornerstone on UK’s campus.

A detailed time schedule for the event can be found at https://khsaa.org/2022-fall-esports-championship-schedule-of-events/

Teams that qualify for the in-person event will be sent instructions to join a conference call on Monday, December 12 at 2 PM (ET). Event details including parking, check-in procedures, ticketing, and other pertinent information related to the event will be discussed during the call. Details about joining the call will be sent to participating coaches at a later date.

In addition, a tentative schedule for the 2023 spring season is included below to assist with planning purposes for the next season. The spring championship event will be held the week of April 24 with an exact date to be determined in the coming weeks.

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11/14/22- Information to Order Football Finals Tickets

2022-2023 News Releases

It is again time for us to turn on orders for the 2022 UK HealthCare Sports Medicine State Football Finals.

Here are some notes about this year’s finals and ticket sales:

  • The games will again be played at Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
  • Advance ticket purchases INCLUDE parking charges. There will be no additional parking charge for those holding a pre-purchased ticket as any price is included in the ticket fee.
  • All ticketing is digital-only through GoFan, the official ticket system for the KHSAA.
  • There will be no walk-up cash option for purchasing tickets, the event is digital only!
  • The schedule for this year’s event has games scheduled as follows (All times Eastern):
    Friday, December 2nd – 1A – 12 PM, 2A – 4 PM, 4A – 8 PM
    Saturday, December 3rd – 3A – 12 PM, 6A – 4 PM, 5A – 8 PM

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11/15/22 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year Award

2022-2023 News Releases

For the seventh year, UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA-sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The student-athlete must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The student must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Nominations should be submitted by January 31, 2023, to the KHSAA via form GE36 at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.
  • Nominees will then be sent to UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for review and selection.

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff for […]

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10/18/22- Enough is Enough: Bad Behavior by Coaches, Parents and Fans Must Stop

2022-2023 News Releases

Enough is Enough: Bad Behavior by Coaches, Parents and Fans Must Stop
By Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and Julian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Kentucky and across the nation that must be stopped: the bad behavior of coaches, parents and fans at high school athletic events. When this campaign was first proposed, there were several sounding the alarm. But here in Kentucky, we find the problem particularly growing right now. Fall sports are in the later rounds or late parts of their season. People get particularly negative when their team has their season end, even when clearly the superior team was victorious. so let’s take a deep breath and reset.

We’ve all seen it: the yelling, harassing, berating, disrespecting and even physically assaulting high school referees, umpires and other officials during and after […]

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10/17/22- KHSAA member school students encouraged to apply for 2023 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

2022-2023 News Releases

KDA-KHSAA partnership to award six scholarships to Kentucky student-athletes

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2023 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline, and teamwork,” Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to join our partners at the KHSAA for the fifth year to reward the Commonwealth’s best young athletes and agriculturists. We hope these scholarships help cover the ever-rising cost of higher education for those striving for excellence in athletics and agriculture.”

To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; must be graduating seniors in high school; and must be accepted to a college, university, or trade school following graduation. […]

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10/11/22 – Fall Draw Show to Air Wednesday on KHSAA.tv

2022-2023 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCT. 11, 2022


On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the pairings for the 2022 KHSAA Field Hockey, Soccer and Volleyball State Tournaments Presented by UK HealthCare will be revealed during the annual Fall Championship Draw Show at 2 p.m. ET. The show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network from the KHSAA office.

The 2022 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament will begin on Thursday, Oct. 20, with quarterfinal games being played on campus sites. Play continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Monday, Oct. 24, at Christian Academy-Louisville.

The KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournaments will open with first-round matches on Oct. 17-18, followed by the quarterfinals on Oct. 20-22. Both initial rounds will be played on campus sites. The semifinals (Oct. 26-27) and finals (Oct. 29) will be played in Lexington at Frederick Douglass.

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10/05/22 – Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is now available. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

COACHES

  • October 5 to January 5 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 6 to January 20 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • January 21 to February 4 (Coaches) – the Wrestling Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 […]

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10/05/22 – Esports Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Esports is available through the KHSAA School Log-in Page. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

Below is additional information:

  • October 5 to October 27 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • October 28 to November 11 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • November 12 to November 26 – the Esports Clinic may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.

After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.
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2022 Title IX Workshops

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As discussed during the Regional Meetings, the KHSAA will be conducting two Title IX Workshops during the month of October for 2022-23. All member schools are encouraged to attend to gain valuable information in regard to opportunities and benefits, gauging student interests from survey results, completing the Annual Report, preparing for a site visit, and conducting Gender Equity Review Committee meetings.

The first meeting will be on Tuesday morning, October 25 at the Logan County Career & Technical Center in Russellville at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The second will be on Wednesday morning, October 26 at the KHSAA offices in Lexington at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. This meeting will count for four hours of the hours required for the Athletic Director continual improvement in Bylaw 25. 

REGISTRATION

Registration is open and online at https://khsaa.org/ge67-title-ix-meeting-registration/ There is no charge for the registration.

MEETING FORMAT AND MATERIAL

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09/21/22 – Dance Rules Clinic Now Open

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Dance is available beginning today, September 21. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity, and freshman) and whether or not the coach receives pay.

Below is additional information:

  • September 20 to October 6 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • October 7 to October 21 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • October 22 to November 5 – the Dance Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this period.
  • After this time, postseason penalties per Bylaw 27 will apply.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to http://schools.khsaa.org and — under the section entitled […]

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09/19/22 – Competitive Cheer Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student Athlete-of-the-Year Award

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The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year among Competitive Cheer participants for 2022-2023 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2022-23 team. Nominations must come from a member school but may be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early summer 2023. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2022-2023 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All individual winners will also receive their recognition at that banquet.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in […]

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09/06/22 – Dance Declaration Form Now Open

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The declaration form (DA101) for the sport-activity of Dance is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

 The deadline to complete this form is Saturday, October 1. This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form per school and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find DA101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Dance Forms”.

DIVISIONS

  • Jazz (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Hip Hop (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Pom (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
  • Game Day (minimum of 5, maximum of 30)
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09/06/22 – Competitive Cheer Declaration Form Now Open

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The declaration form (CC101) for the sport-activity of Competitive Cheer is now open. Each member school shall only submit one form and you must be signed into the KHSAA School Subdomain to submit.

The deadline to complete this form is Saturday, October 1. This is for KHSAA Regional and State Competitions, so please discuss what division(s) your school will be entering as there will be no adjustments to divisions once the entries are posted. Each member school Athletic Director or Head Coach shall only submit one form and must be signed into the KHSAA School subdomain (https://schools.khsaa.org/) to declare. You can find CC101 on the school subdomain under the dropdown menu “Forms and Reports” and under “Cheerleading Forms”.

SQUAD SIZES/DIVISIONS

  • All-Girls Small – minimum of 5, maximum of 15
  • All-Girls Medium – minimum of 16, maximum of 19
  • All-Girls Large – minimum of 20, maximum of 23
  • All-Girls Super-Large – minimum of 24, […]

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08/19/22 – HYPE Student Leadership Conferences Registration Now Open

2022-2023 News Releases

Mark your calendars to plan to attend one of the two KHSAA HYPE Student Leadership Conferences scheduled for September 15 (Bowling Green) and September 16 (Lexington).

WHAT IS HYPE?
HYPE is a one-day student leadership conference where students will enjoy educational interaction with each other to discuss issues and garner information to take back and share/implement with their teams and student body.  The event is staged and presented by the KHSAA Student-Athlete Group.

DATES/LOCATIONS
Thursday, September 15 – Knicely Conference Center (2355 Nashville Rd., Bowling Green 42101).

Friday, September 16 – Central Bank Center (430 W. Vine St. Lexington, next to Rupp Arena). LEXINGTON CONFERENCE IS AT CAPACITY AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED AS OF 8/24/22.

COST
There is no charge to attend.  Schools are responsible for transportation and any meals.

REGISTER
Register here.  The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 8.  A school is limited to a maximum of 18 students.  […]

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08/15/22- 2022 KHSAA Annual Meeting Reminder

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This is intended for all KHSAA member school Superintendents, Principals, and Athletic Directors and the links can be forwarded as needed.

ANNUAL MEETING

This reminder that the 2022 Annual Meeting of the membership of the KHSAA is to be held on September 22 at the Central Bank Center (FKA Lexington Center). Final agenda documents are being published as they become final in the coming weeks, but the meeting is expected to begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. ET. and conclude not later than 12:30 p.m. Details and requirements for the Annual Meeting Delegate are summarized below. To submit the name of your delegate, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ge38-annual-meeting-delegate-designation/

This meeting, which is not mandatory for membership, will not have a virtual option.

ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE DESIGNATION

The Annual Meeting has continuous improvement/leadership training opportunities throughout the morning as members work to carve out the best plan of action for the future and then the meeting […]

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2022 Advanced Athletic Administrators Workshop

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This workshop will be held in Lexington at our offices and will offer a deep dive into current Constitution and Bylaws provisions, use of forms and operational notes. This meeting will be held on September 21. This meeting will count for six hours of the hours required for Athletic Director continual improvement in Bylaw 25

REGISTRATION
Registration is open and online at https://bit.ly/3jyVRTH. There is no charge for the registration.

MEETING FORMAT AND MATERIAL
The meeting will only be offered this year as an in-person option due to facility constraints and equipment. Meeting material will be posted on the KHSAA website and all registered attendees will be provided any update.

GPS ADDRESS
For those that have not been to our offices, the GPS address is 2280 Executive Drive, Lexington, KY 40505.

SCHEDULE
We will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin around 8:00. We will adjourn not later than 2:30 pm.

LUNCH
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07/29/22 – 2022 Fall Esports Enrollment Information

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Member schools interested in participating in the 2022 Fall esports season are encouraged to sign up at playvs.com and begin registering for the upcoming season. The registration deadline for the fall season is September 16. Available titles for the fall include:

  • NBA 2K
  • League of Legends
  • Rocket League
  • Hearthstone
  • Madden
  • Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate
  • Splatoon™ 2
  • Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe

Due to NBA 2K23 having a mid-September game release, it will follow an independent Fall ‘22 NBA 2K23 schedule and will not be considered for state league adoption until Spring of 2023.

PlayVS will conduct an informational webinar on August 25 at 2 p.m. ET. Information to join the webinar will be distributed closer to the date, and a recording will be made available for those who are not able to attend.

All schools interested in competing in esports should review the blog post located at https://khsaa.org/10-15-21-esports-in-public-schools-on-the-ky-k-12-internet-service/ for information […]

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07/29/22 – Dance Postseason Update & Semi-State Hosts Sought

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA office is accepting applications to host the semi-state rounds of the Dance postseason. Two hosts are needed for the semi-state round and regions can alternate host sites (Region 1 one year and Region 2 site the next) or choose to have a permanent site based upon facility abilities and availability. The competition rules will stipulate the odd region listed in the alternation table would recommend the region site in the odd year, and the even region in the even year. Sites selected must be able to accommodate the historic crowds, similar to the criteria for other KHSAA championships.

Athletic Administrators from both combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as expenses and division of any revenue as a group.  The “host” region is not solely responsible for this and this will be a discussion topic at the upcoming fall Regional Meetings with schools.

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07/29/22 – Competitive Cheer Postseason Update & Regional Hosts Sought

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The KHSAA office is accepting applications to host the regionals of the Competitive Cheer postseason. Four hosts are needed, and regions can alternate host sites (Region 1 one year and Region 2 site the next) or choose a permanent location based upon facility abilities and availability. The competition rules will stipulate that the odd region listed in the alternation table would recommend the region site in the odd year and the even region in the even year. Sites selected must be able to accommodate the historic crowds, similar to the criteria for the current basketball site selection.

Athletic Administrators from both combined regions are responsible for making decisions such as expenses and division of any revenue as a group.  The “host” region is not solely responsible for this and this will be a discussion topic at the upcoming fall Regional Meetings with schools.

The Commissioner’s office would […]

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07/10/22- Rosters Open for Entry for 2022-23

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Good morning. On behalf of the entire staff, it is our hope that many of you as building and athletic administrators are back and ready to go after taking advantage of the only two “down” weeks of the athletics year with the dead period!

This year, there have been only minor changes to the required KHSAA online roster and the school management system. Rosters have been rolled from the previous year, and may now be edited for the coming seasons as well as sport and sport-activity offerings. Though there are minor enhancements being fine-tuned, there is no reason for a delay in entering and editing rosters. We will again conduct a thorough review of the system through demonstrations at the regional meetings and staff is available to assist at any time.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
STUDENTS MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN INTERSCHOLASTIC COMPETITION (including scrimmages and contests), AND SUCH SCRIMMAGES AND CONTESTS CANNOT BE HELD […]

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07/13/22- 2022-2023 Regional Meetings for Athletic Administrators

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This reminder is for all member school Superintendents, Principals and Athletic Directors within the KHSAA. 

The following is the schedule of meetings for this fall as we rotate into places it may have been a year or two since we have been able to host.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
Thursday, August 18, 2022, Logan County Career and Technical Center, Russellville
Monday, August 22, 2022, Caldwell County High School, Princeton
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Owensboro Board of Education, Owensboro
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Bullitt Central High School, Shepherdsville
Monday, August 29, 2022, Simon Kenton HS, Independence
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, Boyd County HS, Ashland
Wednesday, August 31, 2022, Pulaski County HS, Somerset
Thursday, September 1, 2022, KHSAA Offices, Lexington

For the fall of 2022, the KHSAA will again conduct a series of regional meetings to help our athletic administrators meet the membership requirement of attending this type of meeting once per year […]

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06/23/22 – Board of Control Approves Agreed Order Involving Bowling Green High School

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 23, 2022

Compiler’s Note: The agreed order was amended at the June 23 Board of Control  meeting and required approval and signatures following; The final document is located on the KHSAA website at https://khsaa.org/common_documents/handbook/boarddocs/khsaabgfinalagreedasapprovedandsigned.pdf

At a special meeting held at the KHSAA office in Lexington, the KHSAA Board of Control approved an agreed order closing an open matter and investigative review regarding Bowling Green High School. This closes a matter that began with the reporting of alleged violations of KHSAA Bylaw 16 near the end of the 2016-17 basketball season.

As required by the adopted KHSAA Bylaws, the matter was assigned to staff for review, and draft findings were reported to the Commissioner. Due to situations surrounding concurrent litigation involving reported personnel and pandemic-related delays in consideration of potentially related matters, the case was not ripe for final review until the close of the 2020-21 school year.

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06/10/22- Additional Revisions Announced in COVID Return to Play Protocol

2021-2022 News Releases

Additional changes in guidance from the CDC as well as the conclusion of the 2021-22 competitive year have resulted in additional review by the Association and its sports medicine advisors. The KHSAA KMA Sports Medicine Committee met in late May to consider revisions to the return to play protocol. There is no longer a requirement for the six-day return to play protocol and this has been converted to a recommendation for local districts as best practice guidance.

In addition, the recommended form usage remains the same as well as the strong recommendation that current CDC guidance is utilized. Be mindful that in compliance with that guidance, if districts are adhering to those protocols, any person within the program who tests positive should isolate for five days, followed by five days of full masking, regardless of any negative test.

It remains local jurisdiction for the vast majority of the recommendations, including the use of the form. […]

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06/13/22- Bylaw 8 Replacement and Guidance Related to 2021 HB563 (KRS156.070)

2021-2022 News Releases

Background

The Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 563 (HB 563) during the 2021 Regular Session, and it became law on June 29, 2021, with full implementation of its provisions on July 1, 2022. HB 563, now codified into Kentucky Revised Statutes (Acts. Chapter 167 (2021) generally addresses two educational choice issues. Sections 1-3 provide amendments to KRS 157.350, 158.120 and 156.070 and specify how local boards of education shall adopt a nonresident pupil policy under which the district shall allow enrollment of nonresident pupils and the funding associated therewith. Section 4 provides for reporting requirements of the KDE to the Legislative Research Commission and Interim Joint Committee on  Education on options for the equitable transfer of education funds. Sections 5-19 of the Act are cited as the Education Opportunity Account Act or EOA Act.
This guidance provides critical updates to support schools and districts as they implement the provisions of HB 563 and follows […]

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06/11/22- Kopser, Gloyd Named 2021-22 Midway/KHSAA Student-Athletes of the Year

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 11, 2022

The 2021-22 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year awards program culminated this week on the campus of Midway University, as Renae Kopser (Ryle) and Ben Gloyd (Mayfield) were recognized as the overall Student-Athletes of the Year.

Beginning in May of 2016, Midway University started presenting a Female Student-Athlete of the Year award at each KHSAA girls’ state championship event. The awards program was expanded in 2019-20 to include male student-athletes, with Midway honoring a deserving student-athlete in each of the 19 officially recognized KHSAA sports and sport-activities.

The awards are based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership, with Midway choosing one overall male and female student-athlete of the year each academic year. School administrators, coaches and athletic directors nominate student-athletes online at KHSAA.org, and the nominees are voted upon by a closed panel consisting of representatives from Midway University.

2021-22 Midway University/KHSAA […]

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05/31/22 – State Track & Field Lane Assignments, Starting Heights, & Final Details

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The field is set for the 2022 Clark’s Pump-n-Shop State Track & Field Championships presented by UK HealthCare! The meets will be held June 2 – June 4 at the University of Kentucky Track & Field Complex. The KHSAA website has been updated to reflect lane assignments, competitor numbers, etc. Please be sure to check under the 2022 State/Region Meet Entries/Results tab at the very bottom of the track webpage. Important information for each respective class is posted.

Starting heights for High Jump and Pole Vault for each respective class have also been set for the State Meet. They are as follows:

Class A

Girls High Jump- 4’6″

Boys High Jump- 5’8″

Girls Pole Vault- 6’6″

Boys Pole Vault- 9’00”

Class 2A

Girls High Jump- 4’6″

Boys High Jump- 5’8″

Girls Pole Vault- 7’0″

Boys Pole Vault- 10’00”

Class 3A

Girls High Jump- 4’8″

Boys High Jump- 5’10”

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05/19/22 – State Track & Field Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2022 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop State Track & Field Championships presented by UK HealthCare have been posted on the KHSAA website. The Championships will take place on June 2-4 at the University of Kentucky’s Track & Field complex. You can view the state championship time schedule and instructions by clicking on the links below.

State Instructions for Participating Teams & Fans

State Meet Time Schedule

Tickets are also on sale now!

  • General admission ticket prices with no re-entry privileges are $12 each day, plus electronic transaction fees that are not received by the KHSAA.
  • A general admission ticket with re-entry privileges is available for $15 each day, plus electronic transaction fees that are not received by the KHSAA. A wristband will be provided at the gate for those that choose the re-entry option.
  • All tickets will be sold online via GoFan, the KHSAA’s official digital […]

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05/18/22 – Title IX Webinar

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As was previously announced at the Athletic Director’s Conference, the KHSAA will be conducting a brief Title IX Webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST. 

As a result of Covid 19, on-site visits in the Title IX Education Program have been shut down for the past two years. In addition, the daily consultation with our audit team members has been suspended as well as they were not coming into our offices.

Due to this as well as the significant amount of turnover in administration among our member schools, we would like to take this opportunity to refamiliarize our schools with some of the basic components of Title IX prior to the 2022-2023 school year. The focus of this meeting will be the elements of Title IX as it relates to the management of the interscholastic athletic program.

Covered in the webinar will be a review of Title IX Opportunities and Benefits, the […]

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05/11/22 – Board Approves Golf State First Round Sites

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA Board of Control approved site rotations for 2022 and future years for hosts of the First Round of the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac Girls’ and Boys’ State Golf Tournaments.

2022
State Site#1-Owensboro Country Club (Owensboro)
State Site #2-Heritage Hill Golf Course (Shepherdsville)
State Site #3-Winchester Country Club (Winchester)

2023 
State Site #1-Calvert City Country Club (Calvert City)
State Site #2-Kenton County Golf Courses (Independence)
State Site #3-TBD

2024
State Site #1-Hopkinsville Country Club (Hopkinsville)
State Site #2-TBD
State Site #3-TBD

Previous Board action approved added after Regional play, an additional round of golf, deemed the State First Round, to be conducted across three locations. Each State First Round will include four defined Regions with each Region advancing 20 golfers to the State First Round for a total of 80 golfers at each site (Site #1 will include Regions 1-4, Site #2 will include Regions 5-8, and Site #3 will include Regions 9-12).

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05/10/22 – Baseball & Softball Season Clarification and Reminders

Athletic Department Blog Updates

This communication is published to assist Athletic Directors, Baseball/Softball Coaches, and others in the member schools with regard to the end-of-season questions office staff has been receiving as we are approaching the end of the regular season during this first year with a revised schedule.

Prior to the beginning of the year, the Board of Control approved revisions to the structure of the beginning of the season (and the postseason in baseball) to maintain the nine-week regular season. There was no question, at the time, with regard to the last day of the regular season as it was to remain as published in Bylaw 23.

However, many schools tried to both utilize the earlier playing week and shift the end of regular season play. It is clear that in this first year of the adjusted calendar, some assumptions were made at the local level and there is some confusion at the local level on options […]

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05/03/22- Hair Adornment Use Clarified; Shot Clock Guidelines Adjusted in Basketball Rules

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 3, 2022) — The allowance of hair adornments made of hard material has been clarified in high school basketball. Adornments made of hard material are permitted provided they are securely fastened close to the head and do not present an increased risk to the player, teammates or opponents.

This change to Rule 3-5-4d was approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its annual meeting April 11-13 in Indianapolis. The recommendation was subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The committee adjusted the rule to be inclusive of hair styles while maintaining that the risk of injury to the athlete and others not be compromised.

“It was extremely important to the rules committee to create rules language that supported diversity of hair trends while minimizing the risk of injury to the athlete, teammates and opponents,” said Lindsey Atkinson, director of sports and liaison to […]

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05/02/22 – State Bass Fishing Registration, Ticketing, and Region Results

Athletic Department Blog Updates

For all teams/boats qualifying for the 2022 KHSAA Bass Fishing State Championship, the registration link has been updated to allow teams to register. The registration deadline is Monday, May 9, 2022. Teams/boats can register by clicking on the following link:

State Championship Registration

All spectators staying for the weigh-ins for the 2022 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Championship will need a free digital ticket, which will be available online via GoFan, the KHSAA’s official digital ticket vendor. Fans are required to purchase their free tickets before they arrive and may validate the tickets on their phones once they arrive on-site.

GoFan Digital Ticketing

The results for the teams/boats qualifying for the KHSAA State Championship are posted below by region. We are asking coaches to please review the names of your anglers for mispellings and any other corrections that may be necessary. Please email these corrections directly to Darren Bilberry by 12:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, […]

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04/29/2022 – Bass Fishing State Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2022 KHSAA State Bass Fishing Tournament are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view the State Championship Time Schedule, instructions, and other information by clicking on the links below:

2022 State Bass Fishing Time Schedule

Instructions for Participants and Fans

Teams that qualify for the State Championship need to register online by going to the following link:

Online Championship Registration

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 285 member schools both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams […]

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04/26/22 – Spalding Softball for Postseason

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In collaboration with Spalding, and for 2022 ONLY, the requirement of the use of a Dudley softball is suspended due to continued issues in the supply chain of getting balls delivered in time for spring championships. Participating teams shall use any legally approved Dudley brand softball in all playoff games if inventory is available. The game balls used must contain the NFHS authenticating mark and must be a Dudley brand softball if inventory is available.

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 286 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 215 state championships to 51 teams and 164 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance […]

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04/29/22- Eased Restrictions on Facial Hair Among 2022-23 High School Wrestling Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 29, 2022) — High school wrestlers may now have facial hair on the entire face and chin, provided a skin check can still be conducted. Previously, wrestlers were required to be clean shaven with the exception of sideburns and a neatly trimmed mustache.

The change to facial hair requirements was one of three rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Wrestling Rules Committee at its meeting April 3-5 in Indianapolis, which subsequently were approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

The revised procedure for facial hair is that the skin must be visible to allow for a skin check to be performed, as determined by the referee or a designated onsite appropriate health-care professional overseeing skin checks. In the event a skin check cannot be performed, a wrestler will be permitted to trim the facial hair to within the guidelines and must do so before competing. […]

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04/20/22- Reminder about Academic All-State and Triple Threat Awards

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As we begin to close out the 2021-2022 school year, I wanted to be sure and remind you of two awards options for your students that are in their final phases.

ACADEMIC ALL-STATE PROGRAM
Again this year, the process for presentation of the Academic All-State Awards is automated through the KHSAA school subsystem. With this system, you can, through your roster management screens, select the athletes and print those certificates for these worthy athletes.

Keep in mind the criteria, which have been unchanged for many years, is a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (on a four-point scale) for designation as “Honorable Mention”, and a 3.75 cumulative average on a four-point scale for designation as “First Team.” The awards are based on cumulative grade point averages from the time of enrollment in ninth grade and are given only to varsity participants, and only to participants who are enrolled in grades nine through twelve.

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04/18/22- KHSAA Triennial Sports Offering Survey-2021-2022

Athletic Department Blog Updates

DUE BY FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2022. You will receive weekly reminders about submission.

Every three years, per adopted policy (and state regulation), the KHSAA surveys the membership as to the desire to expand sports offerings. In this manner, the staff and Board of Control can continue to be proactive in offering new opportunities or assessing the satisfaction of its membership with the current offerings.

The Board of Control adopted policy states that the Board will consider sponsoring a championship in a sport where 50 of the members desire a tournament conducted and when those schools are in at least three geographically bounded basketball regions. There is no guarantee of the sanctioning and championship play, but that threshold does allow for discussion.

Please complete the required survey at https://schools.khsaa.org/ge81-khsaa-triennial-sports-offering-survey-2021-2022/ on or before Friday, May 6, 2022, to assist in the determination of future offerings by the Association. This survey will help determine the sports or […]

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04/18/22 – Pool Markings Focal Point of 2022-23 High School Swimming and Diving Rules Changes

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 18, 2022) — A collection of new markings for pool facilities constructed or renovated after January 1, 2023, stands out among the high school swimming and diving rules changes approved for the 2022-23 school year.

The markings, placed in a Table within Rule 2-4, were the most notable of the three rules changes brought forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Swimming and Diving Rules Committee, which held its annual meeting March 20-22 at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The NFHS Board of Directors accepted all three rule change submissions.

The table includes four new measurements that constitute changes of the width of the line along the pool bottom, longer cross lines, shorter end wall targets below the water, and an exact listing for the distance between the end of the line on the pool bottom and the end wall.

The width of that line can now […]

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04/15/22- NCAA Issues Additional COVID Eligibility Guidance for 2023-24

2021-2022 News Releases

The NCAA today issued the following guidance document to the state associations to reflect changes, updates and allowances for students who will initially enroll in NCAA institutions in the fall of 2023. Please carefully review this material and contact the NCAA Eligibility Center with questions. The KHSAA should not be considered the definitive source for NCAA guidance, but rather, the NCAA member institutions or the Eligibility Center should be considered that source. The information referenced is located at http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/COVID-19_Spring2023_Public.pdf, and reflects adjustments for 2023-2024 as well as a reiteration of the answers to those issues for 2022-2023. Feel free to use the CONTACT US link on the bottom of the NCAA page at https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

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FROM THE NCAA

Given the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the educational environment, the NCAA Eligibility Center has partnered with the NCAA membership to identify adjustments to the initial-eligibility certification process for students who initially enroll full-time in […]

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04/13/22 – Bass Fishing Regional Instructions Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Instructions for KHSAA Regional Bass Fishing Tournaments are now posted on the KHSAA website. Manager information is posted on the KHSAA website and can be found here:  

https://khsaa.org/bassfishing/2022/regionalmanagers.pdf

Registration Information for all four regions has also been posted and that information can be found here: 

Region 1

Region 2

Region 3

Region 4

The deadline for registration is Monday, April 25, 2022.  

Regional Tournaments will take place on April 30, 2022. The State Championship will be May 12-14 at Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, KY. You can view the regional tournament instructions by clicking on the following link:

https://khsaa.org/bassfishing/2022/regionalinstructions.pdf

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) should you have any questions. 

 

– KHSAA –

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
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04/08/22- Information Relative to Bylaw 7 and CSIET

2021-2022 News Releases

From the Desk of Chris Page, Executive Director, CSIET

The past few years have challenged us to think about how we educate our students in new and different ways. As you look to the 2022-2023 school year, we hope you will continue your important partnership with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and its certified international student exchange organizations to prioritize global understanding in your school and local community.

Emerging from the lockdowns of the pandemic the U.S. Department of State has redoubled its Public Diplomacy efforts. Through their initiative BridgeUSA, the Department has reiterated its support of high school exchange programs. While the speed of visa processing has been impeded by the challenges that the pandemic wrought on U.S. embassies and consulates, the Department has tasked its consulates around the world to prioritize these young Exchange Visitors as they return to full staffing. We appreciate your understanding and we ask for […]

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04/06/22 – Esports Spring Championship Update

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In an effort to extend the in-person championship experience to more student-athletes, the KHSAA is finalizing plans with PlayVS and the University of Kentucky to conduct the semifinals and finals on Saturday, April 30th at the UKFCU Esports Lounge at The Cornerstone on UK’s campus.

Details and logistics are being finalized, but this preliminary information is being shared with participating schools for planning purposes. More details will be shared when available.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Semifinals
10 a.m. – Rocket League SF1
10 a.m. – Super Smash Bros. SF1
11 a.m. – Rocket League SF2
11 a.m. – Super Smash Bros. SF2
12 p.m. – League of Legends SF1
12 p.m. – Madden ’22 SF1
2 p.m. – League of Legends SF2
2 p.m. – Madden ’22 SF2

Finals
4 p.m. – Rocket League
4 p.m. – Super Smash Bros.
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04/05/22 – KHSAA State Archery Championships Registration Now Open

Archery Blog Updates

The 2022 KHSAA State Archery Tournament has been added to the NASP site, with links provided below for reference. The event is scheduled for April 19 at Ephram White Gymnasium in Bowling Green, Ky.

Coaches must access the created events and register ALL of the qualifying archers they want to participate. KHSAA representatives will place, in cooperation with the NASP Scoring Official, teams into six (6) flights. Individual qualifiers will be assigned to a flight as close as possible to teams from their region.

Range assignments will be set ahead of time as well and sent to all schools before the date of the competition. Arrival and warm-up times will be designated by the state manager and must be adhered to by all participating schools.

USEFUL LINKS
Schedule – https://khsaa.org/2022-state-archery-schedule/

Girls’ State Tournament – https://nasptournaments.org/tournamentdetail.aspx?tid=8725
Girls’ State Qualifiers – https://khsaa.org/archery/2022/girlsentriesbyschool.pdf

Boys’ State Tournament – https://nasptournaments.org/tournamentdetail.aspx?tid=8726
Boys’ State Qualifiers – https://khsaa.org/archery/2022/boysentriesbyschool.pdf

Digital Tickets will […]

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03/28/22 – 2021-2022 Title IX Annual Report and Participation List Submission

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Schools are now able to access all of the required online forms to submit their 2021-2022 Title IX Annual Reports. The information in this post presents a summary for each school as you work to complete the required Annual Participation Report as well as the Title IX Report for 2021-2022.

  • The deadline for submission is May 2, 2022.
  • The online system is currently available for entry and is the only acceptable means of submitting the report.
  • If you have specific questions about Title IX and the law itself, our office should be able to help get you some assistance. Asst. Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) is our primary contact for your questions related to the law and its interpretations, and the Commissioner and General Counsel are available should you have other inquiries of that type.
  • As for the reports, Information Technology Director Rob Catron (rcatron@khsaa.org) can assist you with electronic issues, including login and report […]

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03/24/22 – Esports Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award among esports participants for 2021-2022 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2021-2022 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards banquet at Midway University in early summer 2022. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the overall 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year and announced at the banquet. All winners will also receive their recognition at that banquet.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of […]

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03/21/22 – Nominations for KHSAA Student Advisory Group/NFHS National Student Leadership Summit Now Being Accepted

2021-2022 News Releases

The KHSAA is seeking applications to become a member of its Student Advisory Group. One of the main duties of the group is the planning and execution of its HYPE Student Leadership Conferences. Those chosen attend the NFHS National Student Leadership Summit in July and then manage the KHSAA HYPE Conferences.

The National Federation of State High School Associations offers a student leadership initiative – the National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS). The NSLS will focus on relevant and contemporary issues affecting today’s students in education-based athletics and performing arts. Students will sharpen their leadership skills and will realize the privilege and power of their influence in their school, community, and state.

The NFHS in-person Summit is scheduled for July 18-20, 2022 in Indianapolis. If selected, expenses from Lexington to Indianapolis are covered (meals, lodging, transportation). By applying and being selected, the student is acknowledging that he/she will be in attendance (in-person, virtual) for meetings leading […]

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03/07/22 – Recipients Announced for Seventh Annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2022

Ella Abney of Frankfort High School and Butler’s James Howell have been selected as the recipients of the seventh annual Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.

When former KHSAA Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his late widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. Mrs. Stout felt this was an opportunity for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service.

Winners will receive a one-time $2,000 non-renewable scholarship payable directly to an institution of higher learning. Abney and Howell were chosen after careful review, with selection criteria based on athletic activities, non-athletic activities, non-school activities and an essay on the role a student-athlete should play in the community.

A member of the varsity cross country and tennis teams at Frankfort for more than five seasons, Abney has still […]

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02/20/22 – State Wrestling Final Round Update

Athletic Department Blog Updates

First and foremost, the KHSAA would like to thank Union County and Great Crossing for hosting the First Round events yesterday, as well as the coaches and officials for their continued contributions this season. The 2022 KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament presented by UK HealthCare will conclude this coming weekend at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. The competition schedule is available at https://khsaa.org/2022-state-wrestling-schedule/.

The postseason instructions for the State Tournament Final Round are available for review at https://khsaa.org/wrestling/2022/stateinstructions.pdf. Tickets to the event are available for purchase online-only, including a discounted two-day all-session pass, and can be found at khsaatickets.org.

The brackets for next weekend’s competition can also be found online at KHSAA.org and through Trackwrestling. As a reminder, in the event that a wrestler is not able to participate at the final rounds due to injury or other reasons beyond the control of the wrestler, no replacement or alternate wrestlers will […]

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02/18/22- Football First 2 Rounds of Playoffs, Glove Reminder, Rules Changes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

At its regular meeting this week, the Board of Control approved a recommended change in first and second-round playoff bracketing. This change will revise the originally planned start date for adjacent district pairings in those rounds from 2023 to 2022. The recommendation and approval were based on gathering data when 207 or the 222 football schools responded to a recent survey. In that survey, 2/3 of the Bylaw 1 Designated Representatives favored implementing the previously approved change in 2022 vs. waiting until 2023. Thanks to the coaches and administrators who responded to resolve this lingering issue. A summary of the Board meeting is online at https://khsaa.org/02-18-22-football-first-2-rounds-of-playoffs-glove-reminder-rules-changes/

Secondly, the NFHS recently announced its rule changes for 2022, including a couple of potentially significant ones. Following several years of debate, the NFHS Football Rules Committee approved allowing an additional exception to intentional grounding in certain conditions. This change will allow to team to “trade” a down […]

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02/17/22- Revised Intentional Grounding, Chop Block Rules Headline 2022 High School Football Rules Changes

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 17, 2022) – A new rules exception that allows a passer to intentionally throw an incomplete forward pass for the purpose of conserving yardage, and the redefining of the term “chop block” – both of which are intended to minimize risk of injury – are the two most notable rules changes coming to high school football for the 2022 season.

These changes stand out among the seven total recommendations brought forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee, which held its annual rules meeting January 23-25 at the Conrad Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The NFHS Board of Directors subsequently approved all seven of the committee’s suggestions.

“With this year’s rules changes, the committee once again showed its focus on minimizing risk in high school football,” said Bob Colgate, NFHS Director of Sports and Sports Medicine and liaison to the NFHS […]

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02/17/22 – Board of Control approves football bracketing adjustments, new President-elect; Reviews potential amendments to Bylaws

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEB. 17, 2022

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fifth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year this week at the KHSAA Office, approving adjustments to football bracketing and selecting its 2022-23 President-elect.

The Board reviewed feedback from designated representatives of the football-playing schools regarding playoff bracketing for the first two rounds after months of review on the topic.

“Almost two-thirds of our football school representatives were in favor of playing outside of the district in those early rounds,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Clearly with such a limited schedule of 10 games, there is strong desire to play teams other than their in-district opponents in those early rounds regardless of travel logistics.”

The Board accepted the results of the survey in which over 93% of the football schools submitted a response and more than two-thirds of responders preferred an immediate adjustment to the bracketing for […]

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02/15/22 – Board of Control Election Procedures

Athletic Department Blog Updates

BOARD OF CONTROL BALLOT – BOARD OF CONTROL ELECTIONS – INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BALLOT:

  • Balloting is ONLY done online for these positions.
  • All schools from Basketball Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 have at least one election in which to ballot. Other schools may disregard this notice if received.
  • Balloting was available per the Constitution beginning on February 15.
  • Only the Principal or Designated Representative may vote. The names on file as verified by the KHSAA website at the time of this ballot distribution are listed on the school directory page at http://khsaa.org/general/resources/member-school-directory/.
  • If the wrong individual is listed as the Designated Representative, the correction may be made by anyone with Athletic Director system rights (Principal, AD) prior to the ballot being submitted. For support in correcting these entries, contact Rob Catron or Kara Howard at the KHSAA offices, however the change will be for all […]

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02/13/22 – KHSAA State Wrestling First Round Update

Athletic Department Blog Updates

First and foremost, the KHSAA would like to thank the regional host schools and officials for all of their hard work and success at the regionals this past weekend. The results for the 2022 KHSAA Regional Wrestling Championships are available on the wrestling page at KHSAA.org.

The State Tournament First Round will be contested Saturday, Feb. 19 with Regions 1-4 competing at Union County High School, and Regions 5-8 visiting Great Crossing High School. The postseason instructions for the State Tournament First Round are available for review at https://khsaa.org/wrestling/2022/firstroundinstructions.pdf. Tickets to both events are available for purchase online-only and can be found at khsaatickets.org.

The schedules for both sites can also be found on the KHSAA website:

First Round at Union County – https://khsaa.org/2022-state-first-round-time-schedule-union-county/
First Round at Great Crossing – https://khsaa.org/2022-state-first-round-time-schedule-great-crossing/

The brackets are being reviewed by staff and will be released to the public as soon as possible. The […]

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02/12/22- Hair Adornment Adjustments, Addition of Team Time-Out Highlight 2022 High School Field Hockey Rules Changes

2021-2022 News Releases

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 11, 2022) — High school field hockey players may now wear adornments in the hair that do not present a risk to themselves, teammates or opponents beginning with the 2022 season. Previously, hair adornments were limited to that of a soft material.

The change to hair adornments was one of six rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its meeting January 17-19 in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The NFHS and the Field Hockey Rules Committee want to support diversity and ensure that all competitors are welcomed in the sport of field hockey,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “The rules committee wants to continue to minimize the risk of injury while also recognizing the importance of a high school student’s personal expression of […]

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02/04/22 – Region Swim Events Update

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Due to weather conditions, multiple regions are reporting that it is unlikely they will be able to hold competitions on Saturday. As we said in our call with managers yesterday, it was important to make a determination about the next steps after seeing the impact of the storms that moved through. While the various swimming regions of the state were impacted differently, all parts had enough impact from the storm to force additional adjustments.

Each region, due solely to this year’s adverse weather, may decide to conduct your meets in a prelims/final format or switch to a timed finals event in the regional swimming events. This will allow those that feel that there may be disparate impacts on the at-large qualifiers depending on the choice made to make those decisions fully informed.

Each region manager should communicate with competing schools on alternate schedules or plans for this upcoming weekend. As changes are made, please send […]

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02/03/22 – Region Swim Events Scheduled for 02/04 Postponed

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Swimming Regional Managers continue to make changes as they evaluate local conditions and space availability for rescheduling. As changes are made throughout the state, the KHSAA swimming website will be updated. Any changes that regional managers have discussed with participating schools are contained here: https://khsaa.org/2022-swimming-and-diving-sites-hosts-and-dates/

Regional manager information can be found here if coaches/administrators have additional questions about each specific region: https://khsaa.org/swimming/2022/regionalswimmingmanagers.pdf

The Region 7-9 Diving event is also working to be rescheduled and schools will be notified once details are available. 

 

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02/02/22 – Region Swim & Dive Events Scheduled for 02/03 Postponed

Athletic Department Blog Updates

Due to the governor’s State of Emergency and out of an abundance of concern for our member schools and student-athletes traveling to KHSAA regional events, the swimming & diving events planned for February 3rd have been postponed across the state.

  • Region 2 Boys’ swimming preliminaries that were originally scheduled for February 3rd have been postponed to February 5th. Please contact Todd Harper (todd.harper@owensboro.kyschools.us) at Owensboro High School for any updated information about that regional event. 
  • The Region 7-9 Diving Event that was originally scheduled at Falling Springs tomorrow, February 3rd, has also been postponed. KHSAA Staff and the manager of the event are working on alternate options to reschedule this event, and information will be sent to all participating schools once available. 

KHSAA Staff will hold a meeting with regional managers mid-day tomorrow to discuss this weekend’s swimming regionals, and additional information pertaining to the regional swimming events will be sent out […]

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02/02/22 – Bowling State Instructions & Oil Patterns Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

State Championship Instructions and other pertinent information for the 2022 KHSAA State Bowling Tournament are now posted on the KHSAA website. You can view the State Championship Time Schedule, instructions, and ticket information by clicking on the links below:

2022 State Bowling Time Schedule

Instructions for Participants and Fans

Purchase Tickets Here

 

Oil patterns for the state tournament have also been released and pattern information can be found here:

For the 2022 Team Competition, the oil pattern will be “Main Street 7241”

For the 2022 Singles Competition, the oil pattern will be “Bourbon Street 6240”  

For the 2022 Unified/Adapted Competitions, the oil pattern will be “Stone Street 9642” 

 

Teams can find hotel information and book rooms by going to the following link: 

Courtyard Louisville Airport

Additional hotel options are listed in the State Instructions.

 

Lane assignments are being posted as regional results are received […]

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01/26/22 – Archery Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Archery Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport-activity of Archery is now available. The clinic is required of all coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

COACHES

  • January 26 to February 15 – the Archery Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • February 16 to March 7 – the Archery Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($100) during this period.
  • March 8 to March 21 – the Archery Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($200) per the Bylaw 27 schedule during this […]

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01/26/22 – Archery Nominations Sought for Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

Archery Blog Updates

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among archery participants for 2021-2022 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2021-2022 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2022. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in […]

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01/25/22 – Postseason Track & Field Dates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As you plan for spring events in 2022, we would like to remind schools about the Track & Field postseason dates. Please make sure all parties involved in planning graduation dates, spring activities, etc. are aware of the postseason dates which should help fans, coaches and administrators avoid scheduling conflicts.

For 2022, regional track meets can be held from May 14 to May 26. As regions begin preparation, please remember that all scheduling is led by the regional host, but discussions and planning should include all schools involved. 

The KHSAA State Track & Field Meet will return to the University of Kentucky on June 2-4, 2022. Class 1A will compete on June 2, followed by Class 2A on June 3, and Class 3A on June 4.

 


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01/25/22 – Softball Season Clarifications

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The KHSAA has received several inquiries and questions surrounding the recent Board of Control action for Softball. The action taken requires no changes or allowances in dates with the postseason. This action gives softball coaches the same flexibility as the baseball coaches to start both the regular season and the postseason early rounds earlier if that works for them. This does not result in any changes in allowable regular-season competition unless that is the wish of the schools in a district or region. 

The below information should help clarify further on any dates. 

Important dates for the 2022 Softball season:

  • First Date of Practice: Feb. 15 (No Change)
    • Scrimmages may occur any time after the first official practice date
  • First Allowable Contest Date: March 14
  • District Tournaments: May begin as early as May 16, but no change from prior schedule is required. In addition, districts can vote by majority to play […]

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01/21/22 – Revision to Start of FP Softball Season Coincides with Baseball Change (Revised 01/25/22)

2021-2022 News Releases

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office and made some modifications to the playing and postseason schedule for baseball. This change on dates for regular season play will also be available to softball teams.

This action taken by the Board approved allowing the beginning of the season to be shifted one week earlier than the past couple of seasons. This start date returns the start of softball play to the middle of March and will allow for districts to begin their postseason tournaments earlier as well. This local flexibility in scheduling will also help with scheduling concerns around end-of-year activities as well as other conflicts.  There was no change in the original First Round State and State Final Tournament dates which will give additional flexibility not only for districts but for regions to be creative with their schedule. These changes […]

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01/21/22 – Board Adopts Mandatory use of UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) for Tennis

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The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office and adopted the required use of UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) for Tennis beginning with the 2022 season.

What is the UTR Rating and how does it work?

How UTR High School works:

UTR will enable year-round match reporting of results for all schools, including a rating for automated entry and seeding purposes for use at both the Region and State Tournaments. It will eliminate the need for paper results to be submitted, help prevent a lack of data and/or inaccurate data being submitted or withheld, while also providing software programming/bracketings for all region tournaments and the State Tournament.  

There are already over 150 KHSAA teams utilizing this free service to member schools.

The Association, along with UTR, will be scheduling a couple of Zoom meetings […]

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01/21/22- Jenny Elder, Connor Link join KHSAA Executive Staff

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 21, 2022

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association introduced two additions to its Executive Staff this week with the hiring of Event Services and Social Media Director Jenny Elder and Media Relations and Publications Director Connor Link.

“We were extremely pleased to have an outstanding group of individuals interested in joining our staff,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “These individuals stood out in terms of both their experience, and frankly, their enthusiasm, for the challenges they will face. They both have a background in a multi-event environment and their expertise in technology, publications, social media and experience with multiple sports will serve the member schools and all of our constituency very well. Coming in mid-year will be challenging, but they will move quickly into their new roles and help continue to execute our championships at the highest level.”

A native of Versailles, Kentucky, Elder joins the KHSAA by […]

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01/21/22- Board Adopts Change to Baseball Season for 2022

2021-2022 News Releases

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office and made some modifications to the playing and postseason schedule for Baseball.

The Board previously approved changing from four semi-state sites for the first round of the tournament to one site (Kentucky Proud Park, UK, Lexington) with all regional winners advancing to a single location for the State First Round Tournament. The change also enabled the blind draw to be conducted for Regions 1-16 for first-round matchups, and the second round to be played at the same site during the same weekend. 

New action taken by the Board approved allowing the beginning of the season to be shifted one week earlier than the past couple of seasons. This start date returns the start of baseball play to the middle of March and will allow for districts to begin their postseason tournaments earlier as […]

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01/21/22 – Board of Control Sets State First Round Sites; Regional Postseason Instructions Available

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The Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office, approving staff recommendations for the State Wrestling First Round sites. For the upcoming 2022 postseason, Regions 1-4 will compete in the State First Round event at Union County High School, while Regions 5-8 will compete at Great Crossing High School. In 2023, Regions 1-4 will visit Central High School and Regions 5-8 will travel to Ryle High School.

More information on the State Wrestling First Round competition (Feb. 18-19) and the Final Championship Rounds at George Rogers Clark HS (Feb. 25-26) will be published to the KHSAA website when it becomes available.

Information pertaining to the Regional Tournaments has been posted to the KHSAA website and can be viewed at the following links:

Regional Manager listing – https://khsaa.org/wrestling/2022/regionmanagers.pdf

Regional Tournament instructions – https://khsaa.org/wrestling/2022/postseasoninstructions.pdf

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01/20/22- Revisions Announced in COVID Return to Play Protocol

2021-2022 News Releases

As a result of multiple recent changes and interpretations by the CDC, the KHSAA KMA Sports Medicine Committee met on September 18 to consider revisions to the return to play protocol. Please keep in mind that only the six-day gradual return to play following a positive test is a requirement for eligibility, to ensure the health and safety of those students testing positive for COVID-19.

This has solely to do with ISOLATION (following a positive test) and not QUARANTINE (exposure). Both the isolation and quarantine periods are of local jurisdiction with only the return-to-play being standard throughout the association and its member schools.

The following items were changed in the prior documentation since the last revisions in October, 2021:

  • The isolation period references remain in compliance with CDC recommendations, with a minimum of 5-days in isolation. With this revision, the six-day return to play protocol can begin on day 6 rather than day 11 […]

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01/19/22- Board of Control approves expansion of State Qualifiers and Teams, Realignment of Basketball Region 4, Declines to adopt Basketball Shot Clock and Expands Baseball and Softball Seasons

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JAN. 19, 2022

The KHSAA Board of Control conducted its fourth regularly scheduled meeting of the 2021-22 academic year on Wednesday at the KHSAA Office, approving changes to the golf playoff format, effective fall 2022. The changes will increase the number of golfers advancing beyond the Regional tournament, and create a State First Round of play to expand postseason opportunities.

After Regional play, an additional round of golf, deemed the State First Round, will be conducted across three locations. Each State First Round will include four defined Regions with each Region advancing advance 20 golfers to the State First Round for a total of 80 golfers at each site.

In contrast to the previous format that advanced the winning team and seven at-large qualifiers, the newly adopted format will advance the top two teams and the top 10 individuals from non-advancing teams.

Thirty golfers from each State First Round site will advance […]

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01/14/22 – Regional Bowling Entries for Unified & Adapted Athletes

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA will continue to offer Unified (in partnership with Special Olympics Kentucky) and Adapted events to include regional and state bowling competitions. While most unified and/or adapted athletes have been participating throughout the season, it is important to review the following information prior to the start of the postseason.

Unified partner athletes and special athletes must be listed on the Unified roster in the KHSAA database and each school needs to check the box for a Unified Team if they wish to compete in the regional and/or state competition. The bowling head coach or Athletic Director for each participating member school should enter Unified student-athletes on its postseason roster on the KHSAA database for Unified bowling.

From that postseason roster, coaches can submit regional entries to the regional manager, via Form BW 127, four (4) days prior to the first day of each regional tournament. A student-athlete must be listed on the roster in […]

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01/14/22 – Regional Bowling Entries

Athletic Department Blog Updates

In preparation for the 2022 Regional Bowling tournaments, the KHSAA wanted to remind member schools of the entry process. The bowling head coach or Athletic Director for each participating member school should designate student-athletes to its postseason bowling roster on the KHSAA database under the member school system. From that postseason roster, coaches will be able to submit regional entries via BW 110 to the regional manager. Entries are now being accepted via BW 110. The deadline to submit entries is four (4) days prior to the first day of each regional tournament start date. A student-athlete must be listed on the postseason roster on the KHSAA website in order to participate in the postseason.

BW 110 is an online form that is now open and accepting entries. The head coach or Athletic Director for each team may submit entries through this form. Entries will automatically be sent to regional managers to make final arrangements […]

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01/13/22 – Bowling Regional Instructions Available

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Instructions for KHSAA Regional Bowling Tournaments are now posted on the KHSAA website. Manager information is posted on the KHSAA website and can be found here:

https://khsaa.org/bowling/region/2022/bowlingregionalmanagers.pdf

Oil patterns for the regional events have also been posted and pattern information can be found here:

https://khsaa.org/01-05-22-bowling-regional-oil-patterns-released/

Regional bowling will be from January 22 – February 3 with the KHSAA State Bowling Tournament to take place February 7-9 at Executive Strike & Spare in Louisville. You can view the regional tournament instructions by clicking on the following link:

https://khsaa.org/bowling/region/2022/postseasoninstructions.pdf

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry (dbilberry@khsaa.org) should you have any questions.

 

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01/12/22 – Applications Being Accepted for Louis Stout Memorial Scholarships for 2021-2022

2021-2022 News Releases

When former Commissioner Louis Stout passed away in 2012, his widow Anna directed that donations on his behalf go to the Louis Stout Memorial Fund for Students. She felt this was a chance for the KHSAA to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics, academics, school service and community service. The award process for 2021-2022 is now underway.

Applications are being accepted for students to apply for those awards through Sunday, February 28, 2022. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the boys’ state basketball tournament in March. Two grants, each in the amount of a one-time scholarship of $2,000 payable to an institution of higher learning, will be awarded. The scholarship is not renewable and is not endowed for expansion. Minimum criteria is a 3.5 (converted to 4.0 scale) grade point average; involvement in varsity sports or sport-activities; involvement in other school activities, a record of community service/involvement and a member of the […]

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01/06/22- KHSAA member school students encouraged to apply for 2022 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year

2021-2022 News Releases

KDA-KHSAA partnership to award six scholarships to Kentucky student-athletes

Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2022 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.

The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline, and teamwork,” Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to join our partners at the KHSAA for the fourth year to reward the Commonwealth’s best young athletes and agriculturists. We hope these scholarships help cover the ever-rising cost of higher education for those striving for excellence in athletics and agriculture.”

To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; must be graduating seniors in high school; and must be accepted to a college, university, or trade school following graduation. […]

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01/05/22 – Bowling Postseason Updates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA wanted to update member schools about Bowling postseason dates and sites.

REGIONAL BOWLING

  • Regional bowling will take place from January 22 – February 3.
  • All 8 regional bowling sites have been finalized and are listed below for reference.
    • Region 1 – Warren Central/Southern Lanes
    • Region 2 – Taylor County/Phillips Lanes
    • Region 3 – North Bullitt/King Pin Lanes
    • Region 4 – Brown/Ten Pin Strike & Spare
    • Region 5 – Bishop Brossart/Super Bowl Bellewood
    • Region 6 – Lloyd Memorial/Super Bowl Bellewood
    • Region 7 – Great Crossing/Galaxy Lanes
    • Region 8 – West Jessamine/Danville Bowlarama
  • Manager information is posted on the KHSAA website and can be found here: https://khsaa.org/bowling/region/2022/bowlingregionalmanagers.pdf
  • Oil patterns for the regional events have also been posted and pattern information can be found here: https://khsaa.org/01-05-22-bowling-regional-oil-patterns-released/

ENTRY FOR REGIONALS

  • For the boy’s and girls’ team competitions, schools may designate a maximum of ten (10) bowlers on […]

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01/05/22 – Swimming & Diving Postseason Updates

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The KHSAA wanted to update member schools about Swimming & Diving postseason dates and sites.

FOR DIVING COMPETITION:

  • Regional Diving will take place on February 2-3 with Regions 1-6 competing on February 2nd and Regions 7-9 competing on February 3rd.
  • Both regional diving events will take place at the Falling Springs Center in Versailles.
  • Host schools and information is being posted to the KHSAA Swimming & Diving page as it becomes available. 
  • Points accumulated in the Diving Meets will accrue and carry forward to the Swimming region meet team totals.

FOR SWIMMING COMPETITION:

  • Hosts/sites have been finalized for eight of the nine regional meets, and are listed below for reference.
  • The regional swim meets are scheduled for the weekend of February 4-5.
  • If a host site needs to be adjusted in response to local restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, please let our office know immediately.
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01/04/22 – Wrestling Postseason Update, Semi-State Hosts Sought

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With the wrestling season in full swing, the Association is looking to solidify postseason plans. With that in mind, our office is accepting applications to host the semi-state rounds of the wrestling postseason. Two hosts are needed for the semi-state round, preferably one in the eastern part of the state and one in the western part, with the events scheduled for Feb. 18-19. Any member school interested in hosting should contact Assistant Commissioner Joe Angolia (jangolia@khsaa.org) to declare its interest by Monday, January 10.

Hosts have been finalized for seven of the eight regional tournaments, and are listed below for reference. The regional tournaments are scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 11-12. If a host site needs to be adjusted in response to local restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, please let our office know immediately.

  • Region 1 – Caldwell County
  • Region 2 – Bardstown
  • Region 3 – TBD
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01/04/22 – Tentative Host Sites for Region Swimming & Diving

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As of 1/14/22, the following schools are tentative sites for the 2022 Swimming and Diving Regionals. These sites are tentative and subject to change: 

Swimming Host School/Site Dates and Times Region 1 Hopkinsville/Hopkinsville HS Preliminaries: February 5th 10:30 a.m. & Finals: 4:00 p.m. Region 2 Owensboro High School/Owensboro Health Park Preliminaries: February 1st – 3:30 p.m. Girls, February 3rd – 3:30 p.m. Boys. Finals: February 5th – 11:00 a.m. Region 3 Elizabethtown/TK Stone Middle School Preliminaries: February 4th – 12:30 p.m. Finals: February 5th – 12:00 p.m. Region 4 St. Xavier/Prelims@ St. Xavier, Finals @ University of Louisville Preliminaries: February 5th – 9:00 a.m. Finals: February 5th – 5:00 p.m. Region 5 Trinity (Louisville)/University of Louisville Preliminaries: February 4th – 6: 00 p.m. Finals: February 5th – 5:00 p.m. Region 6 Woodford County/Falling Springs Preliminaries: February 4th – 11: 00 a.m.     Finals: February 5th – 11:00 a.m. Region 7 Boone County/Silverlake Preliminaries: […]

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12/28/21 – Wrestling Nominations Sought for Male and Female Midway/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year

2021-2022 News Releases

The nomination process for the Midway University/KHSAA Male and Female Student Athlete-of-the-Year among wrestling participants for 2021-2022 is now open.

This award is based on athletic and academic achievement as well as community service and leadership. The link to the application contains additional criteria and a form to nominate one participant from each 2021-2022 team. Nominations must come from a member school, but can be submitted by an administrator, guidance counselor, or coach. Nominations may only be submitted online at https://khsaa.org/ge35-midway-university-khsaa-female-student-athlete-of-the-year-nomination-form/.

The winner will be announced early in the postseason and recognized at an awards event at Midway University in early summer 2022. From the winners selected for each KHSAA championship, one student-athlete will be selected as the 2021-2022 Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year announced at the event. All individual winners will also receive their recognition awards at that time.

The deadline for nominations for the Midway University/KHSAA Student-Athlete of the Year in […]

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12/21/21 – Basketball Schedule Maintenance Updates

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As of this morning, access and permissions have been restored for team schedules so that Athletic Directors and Coaches can modify, add and remove games at any time. Any removed game by either Athletic DIrectors or Coaches must include the reason for cancellation.

Member schools must remain diligent by accurately reporting COVID-19 cancellations. The data from those cancelations plays a huge role in seeing how the virus is affecting sports, and frankly, helps ensure our ability to continue to play. We hope this data will be accurate as we move through the winter and vaccinations, including booster shots, increase to help slow the spread and reduce quarantine time.

Contracted games canceled due to COVID are subject to being recorded as forfeits as there was no blanket waiver of Bylaw 22 for this season. The result of the original game will be noted as a COVID cancellation whether or not the opponents reschedule and play later […]

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12/08/21 – UK Healthcare Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Seeks Nominations for Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year Award

2021-2022 News Releases

For the sixth year, UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, through its partnership with the KHSAA, seeks nominations for the Kentucky Comeback Athlete of the Year, meeting the following criteria:

  • The nominee must have overcome illness or injury that affected their ability to participate in KHSAA sanctioned sports.
  • The nominee must have returned to their sport(s) and demonstrated excellence and achievement beyond expectations.
  • The student-athlete must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on and off the playing field.
  • The nominee must be in verified good academic standing with their school.
  • The student must have participated and been a member of an athletic team during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Nominations should be submitted by January 31, 2022, to the KHSAA via form GE36 at http://khsaa.org/ge36-uk-healthcare-comeback-athlete-of-the-year/.
  • Nominees will then be sent to UK Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for review and selection.

Nominees will be automatically forwarded to UK HealthCare and the Sports Medicine Staff […]

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12/10/22 – List of Items for Annual Required Financial Aid Report

Athletic Department Blog Updates

It is now time for ALL KHSAA member schools to complete the required annual financial aid report in compliance with Bylaw 11 for the 2021-2022 academic year. In an effort to assist Principals and Athletic Directors in preparing for this report, this checklist of information is provided so that you can spend a few days gathering the required data and information prior to the deadline to complete the report.

Member schools will have until February 1 to submit this year’s survey. Gathering this information before clicking the link to submit should allow you to quickly complete the report in an expedited fashion. Assistant Commissioner Sarah Bridenbaugh (sbridenbaugh@khsaa.org) will be the contact for sending out the request for submissions and should be able to address any of your questions.

The following is a list of information you should have available when submitting the 2021-2022 Financial Aid Report:

SCHOOL INFORMATION & TUITION

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10/27/21- Immediate Vacancy Announcement for the Position of Communications Director

2021-2022 News Releases

THE POSITION IS OPEN IMMEDIATELY AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED, AND WILL NOT BE FILLED BEFORE NOVEMBER 14, 2021

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for the position of Communications Director

QUALIFICATIONS (REQUIRED)

  • A four (4) year college degree;
  • Professional experience commensurate to job responsibilities;
  • Accurate attention to detail in the completion of projects and meeting deadlines;
  • Ability to adjust and adapt to an ever-changing media market and a rapidly changing organization expanding its past operations, mission, and purpose;
  • Ability and desire to work in a multi-tasking, ever-changing work environment;
  • Ability and desire for statewide travel;
  • Ability and desire to work hours that extends significantly beyond the scheduled work day and work week for the majority of the year;
  • Publications, radio, television or other media relations experience;
  • Effective communication and organizational skills necessary for working with the Association membership, media, the general public, and other groups; and
  • Awareness of sports […]

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10/30/21- 2021 Final Adjusted Standings (after tie-breakers)

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10/15/21 – Esports in Public Schools on the KY K-12 Internet Service

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has received feedback from a number of member schools regarding connection issues they are encountering when trying to play games on the Nintendo Switch from their campus. The following information is being provided from discussion with the Kentucky Department of Education regarding what is and is not permissible on the KY K-12 Internet Service.

On average, KY K-12 schools get four billion attempted cyberattacks each year. However, during the past 20 months of the pandemic, the number of attempted cyberattacks on KY K-12 schools has significantly increased above that four billion. Given all the new federal relief funds coming to K-12 to help address the pandemic, it is anticipated by national cybersecurity experts, that K-12 will be getting 86% more attempted cyberattacks going forward over the next school year.

Therefore, KDE will be taking measures and actions to further strengthen the KY K-12 cybersecurity defenses going forward. It is important to note that […]

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10/11/21 – Fall Draw Show Airing Wednesday on KHSAA.tv

2021-2022 News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2021


On Wednesday, Oct. 13 the pairings for the 2021 KHSAA Field Hockey, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer and Volleyball State Tournaments will be revealed during the annual Fall Championship Draw Show at 10 a.m. ET. The show will be broadcast live online by KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network from the KHSAA offices.

The 2021 KHSAA Field Hockey State Tournament begins on Thursday, Oct. 21 with quarterfinal games being played on campus sites. Play continues with the semifinals and championship on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Oct. 25 at Christian Academy-Louisville.

Soccer’s state championships open with semi-state matches on Oct. 18-19, followed by a second round of semi-state play on Oct. 21-23. Both initial rounds will be played on campus sites. The semifinals (Oct. 27-28) and finals (Oct. 30) will be played in Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School.

The draw for the KHSAA State Volleyball Tournament will wrap […]

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10/08/21- Changes in COVID-19 RTA/RTP Implemented Per SMAC Guidance

2021-2022 News Releases

As they have done since the start of the pandemic, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) composed of Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) member doctors has held multiple special meetings to continually review the Return to Play Guidance and Recommendations (RTA/RTP). As a result of those continued meetings and review of current and evolving literature, changes have been made to the RTA/RTP and RTA/RTP form and those changes are located at https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionofSports/ApprovedVersion/kma-covid-rtp-algorithm.pdf. For districts that have summarily adopted the “KHSAA” recommendations, these changes should be considered immediate.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, this group has been passionate advocates for the students being involved in sport due to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, but also for safety in mitigating the spread of the virus. They are also keenly aware of the first priority of nearly everyone in the education community, that being a full year […]

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10/07/21 – Wrestling Online Rules Clinic Now Available

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The mandatory Online KHSAA Rules Clinic for the sport of Wrestling is now available. The clinic is required of all officials as well as all coaches (varsity, junior varsity and freshmen), regardless of whether or not the coach receives pay.

For member schools, the clinics are located on the School Log-in Page. To access the clinic, go to https://schools.khsaa.org/ and — under the section entitled Rules Clinics — click on the link that says “View Online Rules Clinics“.

For officials, login to the officials’ subdomain at https://officials.khsaa.org/

OFFICIALS

  • October 6 to January 3 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed at no charge during this period.
  • January 4 to January 23 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be online only and may be viewed for the makeup fee ($30) during this period.
  • January 24 to January 30 (Officials) – the Wrestling Clinic will be […]

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10/04/21-Vacancy Announcement for Entry-Level Event Staff Position(s) (Regular, Full-time)

2021-2022 News Releases

Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
Vacancy Announcement for the position of Event Management Specialist

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF RESUMES AND COVER LETTER FOR CONSIDERATION: OCTOBER 31, 2021

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association is accepting applications for the position of Event Management Specialist. This is an entry-level administrative-level position for the KHSAA with focused duties primarily around the championships conducted by the Association.

LIKELY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

  • Work directly for the Commissioner of the Association as well as assisting the Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioners, General Counsel and Communications Director and other members of the staff.
  • Page layout for all KHSAA instructions related to managing the district, region, semi-state (state rounds hosted by member schools) championship events to include directives for managers, participating teams, workers and officials, including all aspects of design and mechanical production of these documents.
  • Compilation of material and records related to the site selections and seeding plans of all district and […]

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10/07/21- Changes in COVID-19 RTA/RTP Implemented

Athletic Department Blog Updates

As they have done since the start of the pandemic, the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) composed of Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) member doctors has held multiple special meetings to continually review the Return to Play Guidance and Recommendations (RTA/RTP). As a result of those continued meetings and review of current and evolving literature, changes have been made to the RTA/RTP and RTA/RTP form and those changes are located at https://khsaa.org/resources/Covid19/CovidResumptionofSports/ApprovedVersion/kma-covid-rtp-algorithm.pdf.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, this group has been passionate advocates for the students being involved in sport due to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, but also for safety in mitigating the spread of the virus. They are also keenly aware of the first priority of nearly everyone in the education community, that being a full year of in person instruction and doing nothing to purposely jeopardize that objective.

The […]

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10/06/21 – Dance Postseason Championships Dates Adjusted

Athletic Department Blog Updates

The KHSAA has spent the last few weeks gathering data from the Dance participating schools about the schedule for 2021-22 Dance championships. It was also critical that the current conditions and concerns around indoor events related to the pandemic be reviewed as well as the strong survey response for staff to consider an alternative date, particularly in light of the lateness of the 2021 championships. Many of our schools have followed up to the survey indicating their concerns about the final schedule even though the dates selected were in fact the originally requested dates when Dance was originally adopted. Many schools reported significant conflicts with any potential February dates as did UDA representatives. Keep in mind that the availability of judges and the dates of national events for both the National Dance Alliance (NDA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA) were vital factors in finalizing the postseason schedule. 

This final schedule also attempts to take into […]

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